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Monday, November 28, 2011

Rituals of the Season


I don't send as many greeting cards as I once did, but I still buy them every year. There are tons of ways to use them, and I always find one or two designs irresistible.




I used to have to carve out time for the writing, addressing, and mailing. Now I do a few at a time over a few weeks. I find getting started early is better before things get too harried. And I've learned that a simple "Thinking of You" works as well as anything.



The last of the porch plants got brought in last night before the hard frost. (Thank You Mr. Cottage!) Already in pretty pots, the greenery makes things festive, and there's nothing like fresh Rosemary close by.





Scented candles are a must too. This one is from Anthropologie, and looks as good as it smells!




A few lacy linens and a tray for tea makes a cheery centerpiece for the moment for all the activity centered around the dining table. It will change all season.




All we need is a few yummy goodies! But all in good time. . . .



























































I hope you're enjoying the rituals of the season too!
Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline


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29 comments:

Ivy and Elephants said...

Jacqueline your vignettes are stunning. The red and white is really quite elegant. I love your teacups, they are gorgeous. I would love for you to share this beautiful post by linking up to our new blog party we launched today.

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Bloggymom said...

Beautiful!! I just got a new battenburg lace tabecloth... thanks for the inspiration I needed for using it in my dining room with my Christmas decorations.

Betty Sneeringer said...

Just beautiful as usual. I totally agree about the rosemary. Mine are planted in the ground. I need to put one in a pot just so I can bring it it!

Cottage and Broome said...

What pretty cards, I love poinsettias! Laura

Lisa said...

Your post made me want to curl up near the fire with my favorite tea and write out a few cards! Absolutely Lovely! (I came over from Metamorphosis Monday.)

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Loved this red and white post! Those lacy linens are gorgeous and I just adore those Anthro candles too. Perhaps I will start sending a few cards too! :)

kitty said...

I love your lovely vignettes, especially with the red! Everything looks so comfy & cozy & just draws me in. I need to checkout those candles...ooh la la!!!

Deb said...

So pretty. I love those tea-cups so much. I'll be sending a few cards this year too so it's time to start writing them. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hope peaceful. Love the Wedgwood Queens Ware & the lovely linens!
Ruth

Sonia said...

Love that sweet tray you have arranged. All the elements are beautiful..the cutwork napkins, the teacups, the cinnamon candle and the rosemary in the background make a gorgeous vignette!! Love this style, clean, vintage and with garden elements always steal my heart!
Miss Bloomers

J'ai tout simplement said...

Olá! Amei os detalhes do bordado de sua toalha e guardanapos, e também de suas xícaras. Muito delicados. Abrç!

Pamela Gordon said...

I just finished writing my Christmas cards that need to be mailed! I'm glad that chore is done. Your photos are beautiful. I love your cream Wedgewood cups and saucers and that candle looks beautiful. Have a lovely week! Pamela

Sherry said...

I really like those cards! This is a such a pretty vignette. I need to be thinking about cards. Have a great week!
Sherry

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Beautiful teacups, great close-ups, lovely detailing, delightful whites - just a precious post! Thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

Beautiful vignettes and thoughts, Jacqueline. I adore those tea cups with the raised border of leaves ~ stunning! Like your idea of writing a few notes each day. I should be able to do that! ~ Sarah

Sunday Taylor said...

Love all your holiday vignettes. The red and white is so lovely. I am very inspired by your images.

http://findingsecrettreasures.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful pictures! Thank you for visiting my blog and your sweet comments!

June said...

Everything looks beautiful here Jacqueline. I love your vignettes and the rituals you cherish for the holiday.
I think I just may have to have my daughter make her way to Anthro for me to get a beautiful candle.
hugs...

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Beautiful. The linens you featured here are so lovely...such pretty edgings.

Bella said...

Hi J,
Vanilla Cinnamon, a unique combo that sounds yummy!... and that star doiley is yummy!!
I love you have saved your Rosemary from fate, I wasn't as smart, and besides mine wasn't in a portable lovely white pot:-)
Hugs,
Bella

RobinfromCA said...

So, so beautiful. I feel as if I need to make a trip to Anthropologie and grab one of those candles! I absolutely adore your white tea pot and your linens looks so crisp and fresh. Bliss.

Good luck with the cards!

Robin

jeanetteann said...

Lovely pics again, loved everything,Your linen is always so beautifully pressed,love that. xx k

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I love your vignettes. I always have problems finding Christmas cards I like since living in Italy, as the Italians are not really a card sending nation!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

oh how I wish I could keep my rosemary alive through the winter, my favorite herb to cook with.
Love your cards, I have ordered mine from Victorian papers the last few years.

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

I love the red and white, especially the white cups and saucers. Love vintage, home and garden...and your blog that I've now joined.

Ali said...

Fresh rosemary! Your house must smell divine. I'm looking forward to reading more of your lovely blog which I found via Barb at Bella Vista.

Ali x

A Cottage Muse said...

Loving the pops of red!
I have a candle like that from Anthro but it is blue and smells like angel food cake!

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful! love the cups!

xinex said...

This is so beautifully put together. So pretty!...Christine

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